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VISHNU

This magnificent sculpture of Vishnu is the oldest bronze sculpture in the Museum. This is considered to be the hand–work of the craftsmen belonging to Central Kerala. The figure closely follows the Pallava and Pandya style. The image is in standing posture with four hands. All the 3 arms are broken and the shoulders and the feet are damaged. The emblems such as the conch and the disc are missing. The main feature of the figure is that the eyes are inlaid with gold and red stone. Gold is also seen on the top of the Kiritamakuta. The earlobes with Makarakundalas come down to the level of the neck. The prominent Yajnopavita falls over the forearm of the lower right hand. The lower left hand is in the Katyavalambitha pose. A necklace with intricate and pleasing artistic design adorns the neck. This image in samabhanga pose is beautifully draped with a piece of cloth.
Acc No: 273
Measurement: 56 x 20 cm
8th Century CE
Pallava, Kerala